A comparison of online versus on-site training in health research methodology: A randomized study

Post Date: 
2011-06-17
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BMC Medical Education
Summary: 
Background: Distance learning may be useful for building health research capacity. However, evidence that it can improve knowledge and skills in health research, particularly in resource-poor settings, is limited. We compared the impact and acceptability of teaching two distinct content areas, Biostatistics and Research Ethics, through either on-line distance learning format or traditional on-site training, in a randomized study in India. Our objective was to determine whether on-line courses in Biostatistics and Research Ethics could achieve similar improvements in knowledge, as traditional on-site, classroom-based courses.
Citation: 
Singh HK, Gupte N, Kinikar A, Bharadwaj R, Sastry J, Suryavanshi N, Nayak U, Tripathy S, Paranjape R, Jamkar A,Aggarwal R, Gupte N, Kass N, Taylor H, Ali J, Bhan A, Aggarwal A, Sisson S, Kanchanaraksa S, McKenzie-White J, McGready J, Miotti P, Bollinger, RC. A comparison of online versus on-site training in health research methodology: A randomized study. BMC Med Educ. 2011 Jun 17; 11(1):37. PMCID:PMC3141795
Collaborators: 
  • Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India
  • BJ Medical College Clinical Trials Unit, Pune, India
  • Office of AIDS Research, NIH, Bethesda, MD